CSA Newsletter week 12
Picked by Hand, Ripe off the Vine
Harvest time is in full swing and it sure is lovely to see the bounty of delicious food all over
the farm, and beyond! With such a volume of produce all around us, it is easy to forget that
everything is harvested by hand, when it is ripe. That means that each ear of corn is touched to check for
maturity and a full ear before it is picked. Each watermelon is tapped for the telltale thud of
ripeness. Each pepper is evaluated for the perfect coloration. Each green bean is selected for crispness
and maturity. Wow, that is a lot of work and a lot of hands!
Many hands are the nature of our organic agriculture system. Careful, skilled hands work hard
to pick, plant, and grow the best produce for recipients such as you, every day. The quality of the
produce that results from all of our hard work is the ultimate reward.
Here’s to savoring each and every bite. Enjoy!
-Lily, CSA Coordinator
Table of Box Contents
☐ Lettuce ($2.00)
☐ 1½ lbs Yellow Potatoes ($2.25)
☐ 2 Pimento Peppers ($2.25) – A thick walled, deep red sweet pepper that is often found canned in the grocery store. Delicious as pimento cheese or in any recipe calling for red pepper.
☐ 2 Italian Peppers ($1.25) – Grill or broil and use in soups, sandwiches, dips, or salad.
☐ 1 Bunch Basil ($3.00) – Delicious with tomatoes, as pesto, or as basil butter. See recipe!
☐ 1 Golden Crown Watermelon ($6.00)
☐ 1 Dried Red Onion ($0.50)
☐ 2 Dried Sweet Onions ($1.75) – Serve fresh in salads, on sandwiches, or caramelize and serve with sautéed veggies.
☐ Bunch Carrots ($3.50)
☐ 1 Head Napa Cabbage ($3.00) – Make an Asian slaw, stir-fry, spring rolls, or try making homemade kimchi
☐ 3 Big Beef Tomatoes ($6.00)
☐ 4 Ears of Corn ($4.00) – Delicious raw, grilled, or steamed. Try with basil butter! (See recipe)
Box Market Value: $35.50
The Lee Brothers Pimento Cheese
I was introduced to Pimento Cheese while living in North Carolina during
college. It is delicious on just about anything but is traditionally served
between to pieces of bread. Like many southern classics, there are many
regional variations so feel free to modify the recipe to your liking!
- 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- ¼ cup softened cream cheese (2 ounces), pulled into several pieces
- ½ cup roasted pimento peppers finely diced
- 3 tablespoons Duke’s,store-bought mayonnaise (or make your own)
- ½ teaspoon dried red chileflakes
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- In a large mixing bowl, place the cheddar cheese in an even layer.
- Scatter the cream cheese, pimentos, mayonnaise and chile flakes over the cheddar cheese.
- Using a spatula, mix the pimento cheese until it is smooth and spreadable, about 1 1/2 minutes.
- Transfer the pimento cheese to a plastic container or bowl, cover tightly, and store in the refrigerator.
- Pimento cheese keeps in the refrigerator for 1 week.Read More: NYT Cooking
Butter is delicious on just about everything and herbed butter is really delicious on just about everything! Put this butter on grilled corn, toast, and just about anything else. This butter will keep for about a week or two.
- 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup basil, loosely packed
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- Add the butter, basil, and salt to a food processer and blend.
- You may need to scrape down the sides once or twice.
- When the basil is finely chopped and the butter has a light green tint, it’s done.Read More: Food52
Napa Cabbage Salad with Sweet Tamari-Sesame Dressing
Napa Cabbage Salad Ingredients
- 1 large head napa cabbage, washed and finelychopped
- 4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
- 1 red pepper, seeded and cut into matchsticks
- ½ to ¾ cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
- 2 to 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds (optional)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
Tamari-Sesame Dressing Ingredients
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 3½ tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon tamari (soy sauce)
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey
- In a large serving bowl, combine the cabbage, scallions, carrots, red pepper, and cilantro.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil, tamari, and maple syrup
or honey until emulsified.
- Pour the dressing over the salad, thoroughly toss to coat, and sprinkle with the seeds.Read More: Blissful Basil